This weeks plan called for a 14 mile long run which is what I did this morning. I don’t like leaving my long run until Sunday, but I was working yesterday and I couldn’t face doing that far on Friday after work so that only left this morning.
After last weeks (more than) half marathon disaster, I wanted to have a good run today. I started out with a group from running club, but at the 3 mile point I was feeling uncomfortable with the pace they were setting so I broke off and decided to just do 2 long laps of the cycle path we were on. I think my pacing once I was on my own was better for me – on tarmac I settled in at about a 12 min mile going up to 12:30 when I went onto the trail bits. At 5 and a half miles I took a tumble, luckily it was on the trail so I wasn’t hurt – just a damaged ego and my right side covered in mud. It’s typical though isn’t it, I hadn’t seen another person for at least 5 mins, but when I fell over it was right in front of another (fit male) runner. Sods bloody law – he did stop and ask how I was but I was so embarrassed I just got up and stumbled on whilst shouting I’m fine thanks over my shoulder. Mortified!
I don’t feel that great about todays run as I hit a wall again at 10 miles. Tired legs, ragged breathing, negative thoughts. I’m 8 weeks in to my plan now, and I’ll be honest I have only been doing 3 runs a week. I think this is why I struggle from 10 miles onwards – I just haven’t done enough training. So from this week on I am going to up it to 4 runnings sessions and add in a strength session. Oh and I’m going to get a sports massage. I just wish I lived closer to Giselle as I heard she gives the best ones – it may be worth the £30 train ticket to get one.
What with training and work I am finding it’s my blogging that is suffering – both writing and reading, I am nominating Sunday evening as my catch up day, so I’m really sorry if you do a fab race and I don’t comment until Sunday.
I’m feeling fatigued and pretty much done with running, and I am getting REALLY panicky about race day – 3 nights this week I had nightmares all based around missing the coach, missing the start of the race, falling over etc etc. Apparently it’s quite normal at this point in the training (according to my coach at RC). Does anyone else who is marathon training feel like this – how are you getting over/through it?
Ah well, this time in 8 weeks it will all be over! My nephew will have an aunt he can be proud of and and I can eat lots of cake – here are 2 pics – my current motivation (although obv I am not a Mum this was my Mums birthday cake that my friend Lou made I had a large piece today and it was delicious!)…